Friday, October 29, 2010

St. Bernardus Tripel (2010 original review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (604) - Albany, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Drank from an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful apricot color with, what the!? There’s tons and tons of floating yeast sediment in here! It looks like a nasty fishtank that hasn’t been cleaned in months! Actually, the color is really cool and the head is big and frothy, but those yeast particles are a turn-off (and they were from the top of the bottle).

Aroma: Smells pretty much the same as the other St. Bernie’s beers. Some light fruit, noticeable alcohol presence. Fairly mild overall.

Taste: Much more robust than the Watou Tripel, but still weaker than some of the Trappist tripels. A melange of light fruit like apricot, peach, maybe even honeydew. There’s a fairly rich caramel and butterscotch sweetness too. Little bitterness. Flavor doesn’t peter out at the end like the other beers from this brouwerij.

Mouthfeel: Noticeably thick, but soft and gentle. Doesn’t tear up my palate. A slightly creamy texture from the head tingles the tongue.

Drinkability: Mild taste and soft mouthfeel make for a very smooth beer. I did find myself burping every once in a while, but the least of all the St. Bernardus beers.

Overall: St. Bernardus’s second-best beer, but definitely not the best Tripel in Belgium.

Grade: 8/10

NOTE: See my 2018 re-review to BJCP specs here:

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